Anthony Horowitz is a British literary tour de force, but not known well in the United States. Horowitz started as a children’s author, then became a screenwriter, writing the popular PBS series, Foyle’s War. He went on to write most of the early series of Midsomer Murders and several adult mysteries. Horowitz’s writing is fresh and fun, using a variety of literary devices to keep the reader engaged.
Booklist Reviews says of the second book, The Word is Murder, that Horowitz “out- Doyles Doyle” by inserting himself into the story as a Watson-like narrator drawn into the investigation by Detective Daniel Hawthorne. As Hawthorne and Horowitz begin tracking down suspects in the death of a wealthy widow, it appears that the author doesn’t know the ending of his own book. The story twists and turns, in an exciting classic British mystery with a twist.